Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Aug 2013 20:47 UTC

The new Nintendo 2DS system gives you all the features of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, minus 3D viewing. And the price makes the world of Nintendo games even more accessible.

Curiously enough, the 2DS actually has only one screen - it's divided in two by the casing. The entire screen is touch-capable, but the top screen is covered by plastic so you can't touch it there. Like the Wii U's controller, this thing just looks weird and unwieldily, and while the price is nice, I doubt it will turn Nintendo's fortunes around.

Imagine a phone and/or tablet designed and built by Nintendo, with a proper integrated gamepad, capable of output to external displays, with access to Nintendo's entire back catalog of games - from the NES, through the Game Boy, SNES, Nintendo64, GameCube, DS, and Wii (if compatible with non-motion controls). Of course, new games can be published as well.

Nintendo should not be making yet another device to carry aside from your phone. They should be making a phone.

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RE[4]: No...
by bassbeast on Thu 29th Aug 2013 21:43 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: No..."
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Ever think about trying an HTPC? The AMD Bobcat based are ultra low power and have no problem playing 1080P or if you want something with a little more muscle the FM2 APU chips can be had for a song and the crazy cheap Athlon X3s which are great for HTPCs and have enough oomph to play most games easily.

For those that want an HTPC that can game I usually go for an Athlon X3 or X4 with an HD7750, this combo when paired with Steam's big picture mode make for a nice gaming platform and the nice thing about HTPCs is how many jobs they can perform well, gaming, streaming, chat, surfing, I even have had a customer use his for an office box while he waited on a part for his office PC. Finally add one of those lenovo handheld keyboard remotes and you have a system that is easy to use as a console but not limited to only a few tasks.

But I have to agree about the one trick ponies, i ended up giving my DS away to my GF's grandchild because I never seemed to have the thing on me when i was stuck waiting somewhere and could have used the distraction but I always have my Android phone in my pocket so i ended up loading some games into it instead. While having dedicated buttons is nice having to carry another device simply wasn't worth it and the new Android phones play games very well.

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RE[5]: No...
by WorknMan on Thu 29th Aug 2013 21:46 in reply to "RE[4]: No..."
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Ever think about trying an HTPC?

Absolutely. But unless you're a DIY person (I'm not... I broke a motherboard once trying to put RAM in), I haven't seen a decent one, with a form factor you would actually want to put in a living room, for less than $600.

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RE[6]: No...
by Kivada on Thu 29th Aug 2013 21:58 in reply to "RE[5]: No..."
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Absolutely. But unless you're a DIY person (I'm not... I broke a motherboard once trying to put RAM in)

Please go on... Seriously, how did you manage that? The only kit I ever killed was when I was a kid and didn't know that static could kill electronics and killed one of my old dumpster dived 286 boxes when I too it apart and set the boards on the carpet...

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RE[6]: No...
by bassbeast on Sat 31st Aug 2013 10:17 in reply to "RE[5]: No..."
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Dude listen to your old pal, the new kits? IT COMES WITH PICTURES. No crap, you don't even have to be able to read to put the things together. If you are wanting an ULV system you can get the Bobcat ones already installed in a box for less than $200, all you do then is slap in a stick and a drive and you're off to the races.

And have you thought about asking the local mom & pop shops if they'll put together a kit for you? One of my most popular services, for a flat $75 you hand me the kit and the OS disc and the next day you pick up your new system, no muss and no fuss. I bet there is a shop nearby that will be happy to slap one together for you.

Finally is there a college nearby? If the mom & pop shops won't give you a good deal put an ad up at the local college and see how quick you get a student to do the job for you, heck you could probably get it done cheaper than $75 that way but a lot of shops like mine do the little extras like adding the patches, codecs, and AV. But you go over to any college and a large chunk of them will be DIYers simply because they can get a nicer system for cheaper that way and college kids are always looking to make a little extra cash.

As you can see you DO have options and when you have that HTPC in your hands trust me you will NEVER go back to a console. The amount of roles that can be done by an HTPC is leagues ahead of ANY console, streaming, media tank, jukebox,gaming, surf, chat, DVR, the list goes on and on and on.

Oh and as an added bonus? You can ALWAYS find a use for a PC, even long after its passed cutting edge, unlike the consoles that are pretty much relegated to playing that console's games when its EOLed. It can be a media server, kitchen computer, web box, heck load it full of emulators and ROMs along with a couple of USB universal console controller adapters and you have the ultimate retro machine, and even a 7 year old P4 can do that job VERY well.

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